Sunday, July 31, 2016

REVIEW: Warship Jolly Roger, Book 1: No Turning Back by Sylvain Runberg (Author) & Miquel Montllo (Illustrator)

***(3) out of 5 stars

While “Warship Jolly Roger” was no “Firefly,” it was quite a bit better than I anticipated. I expected a story patterned after some pirate tale of the past, or a “Moby Dick” wannabe tale, or some such. But while it did have common elements of such classic adventure tales, the story seemed genuinely unique and original, with a fresh setting of its own. 

The main storyline centers on Confederation Commander Jon T. Munro, who is given a life sentence in prison for a war crime which he was forced to commit. As the action begins, he seizes the opportunity of someone else’s failed prison break to secure his own escape. Of course, this takes the assistance of a small ragtag group of fellow cons, all of whom prove to be interesting characters in their own right. 

There were a couple of points that were definite negatives for me. The switching back and forth in time from different perspectives is quite confusing; if I’d been aware of how much it would be used, I would have created a flow-chart when I started the book. Also, there was a considerable amount of violence, almost of which was quite gruesome and bloody; unnecessarily so, in my opinion. 

I was impressed with the general outline of the plot though, and intrigued by the characters. I am definitely curious to see where the story goes from here!

I received a free eBook version of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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